Council hires David Orr as city manager on 3-2 vote

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 ~ Updated 11:15 AM

Former Lewisburg banker David Orr, who's been a Marshall County High School substitute teacher and athletic program advocate in recent years, was to be offered the job of city manager Tuesday night by Mayor Barbara Woods.

City Councilmen voted 3-2 for Orr during a special called session that evening when Councilmen Hershel Davis, Robin Minor and Odie Whitehead Jr. voted for Orr. Voting for James L. Pennington of Hartsvill, S.C. were Councilmen Quinn Brandon Stewart and Ronald McRady.

The third of the top three was Alan Grindstaff of Jasper, Tex.

Orr could have started work at City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 16, according to council discussion after the vote. However, Mayor Barbara Woods explained that Orr felt obliged to fulfill his obligation to MCHS and that might result in him taking office on Marsh 1.

He succeeds Eddie Fuller who retired as city manager after more than 16 years in the position and three decades working for the city.

Orr offered to work as city manager for $10,000 less than Fuller whose salary, according to council discussion with the city treasurer Tuesday night, was $76,400 when he retired. As a result, Woods was to offer Orr $66,400 when she called him after the 7 p.m. meeting adjourned at about 7:40 p.m.

Since the session in City Hall was first a non-voting workshop followed by a special called meeting on the manager's job only, there was discussion on a number of other matters.

Volunteers and vendors who've participated in the annual Goats Music and More Festival have been asking if there will be on next fall, according to Woods who relayed information to the council.

Councilmen responded saying the festival should be held, but that because of continued financial constraints they could not state an amount that would be budgeted because the annual spending plan isn't adopted until some time in June.

There was also extensive discussion about how one person's allegations made about Grindstaff at Jasper City Hall seemed to be contrary to other information in Police Chief Chuck Forbis' background check.

And the rules on collection of extra rubbish were again discussed with recurring emphasis on how no special treatment should be allowed.